The Glamorgan off-spinner has been recalled to the Test ranks after an 18 month absence, and if he is selected on Thursday morning in the final team, Croft will win his 16th England cap to establish a new club record for the most number of appearances in the England side. He currently shares the record of 15 appearances with Jeff Jones and Allan Watkins.
Indeed, many of the press believe that Croft will replace leg-spinner Chris Schofield as England`s specialist spin bowler. The squad also includes Kent all-rounder Mark Ealham, but Chairman of Selectors, David Graveney, hinted at Croft`s recall to the England side by saying "my personal belief would be that it`d be better to have a variation other than five seamers."
Croft`s recall into the England ranks follows an excellent performance against the tourists for Glamorgan last week at Cardiff. Croft returned figures of 5-26 and 3-44 in the match, and dismissed Brian Lara in both innings. With so many other left-handers likely to play in the West Indian top order, it seems that Croft could soon be celebrating another Test cap, and a new club record.
Below is a list of the other batsmen to score hundreds in cup finals at Lord`s,
Benson and Hedges Cup/Super Cup 1979 G.A.Gooch 120 Essex v Surrey 1981 I.V.A.Richards 132* Somerset v Surrey 1995 P.A.De Silva 112 Kent v Lancashire 1999 M.W.Alleyne 112 Gloucestershire v Yorkshire Gillette Cup/Nat West Trophy 1965 G.Boycott 146 Yorkshire v Surrey 1972 C.H.Lloyd 126 Lancashire v Warwickshire 1979 I.V.A.Richards 117 Somerset v Northamptonshire 1981 G.Cook 111 Northamptonshire v Derbyshire 1985 B.R.Hardie 110 Essex v Nottinghamshire 1993 D.M.Smith 124 Sussex v Warwickshire 1993 Asif Din 104 Warwickshire v Sussex